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Making Farro Risotto #kidsinthekitchen

This week for #kidsinthekitchen we each are showcasing The Piccolo Chef Cookbook. We’ve chosen to create a recipe call Toasted Farro Risotto with Mushrooms. Farro is something we’ve never had before but thought it was a good way to introduce a new ingredient. Shae helped with MOST of the cooking. Risotto is a bit time consuming so Shaun lost interest after toasting the farro in olive oil.

Farro Risotto #kidsinthekitchen

“The Piccolo Chef Cookbook” was developed by the owners of the award winning cooking school in Los Angeles, California. Piccolo Chef was created by Italian mom-preneurs with a vision to make healthy eating attainable and fun for children of all ages and economic backgrounds. Their inspiration are their children, and teaching kids and parents the art of fresh cooking and reconnecting with one another through all phases of cooking, from garden to the table.

Shae on the other hand was by my side almost the entire time asking questions, tasting ingredients (raw onion), stirring, asking more questions and overall being the ideal sous chef.

Risotto is a straightforward process and this variation wasn’t very different. I adjusted some ingredients and left out others but we ended up with a very tasty meal that I would definitely try again. Farro wasn’t weird or gross, in fact in tasted like a cross between steel cut oats and brown rice just much larger in texture.Farro Risotto #kidsinthekitchen Shae and Shaun said it smelled like popcorn when it was toasting in olive oil.Farro Risotto #kidsinthekitchen I added some steamed broccoli to the finished product and added a blend of sauteed mushrooms, onions and garlic to the risotto.
Come join me and my co-hosts, Sarah of Play to Learn with Sarah, Paula at Frosted Fingers and Sara at Sensibly Sara, each week linking up a post, new or old, that feature the theme Kids in the Kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way.

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Comfort Foods Kids Will Love from a cookbook #kidsinthekitchen

This week is a little different instead of talking about something we did I’m gonna show you something we’re gonna try this weekend.  I came home from a couple days at the Jersey Shore to this little gift from David Venable of QVC.

Comfort Foods Kids Will Love #kidsinthekitchen

David Venable might be the most popular host on QVC. He’s known for his passion of food and the excitement he exudes on air during In The Kitchen With David. He’s great at what he does because I want to buy everything he’s showcasing. He’s also a sweetheart who will chat you up about food, family, kids and everything in between.

I did my own Happy Dance when I saw my new cookbook. Comfort Foods the Take you Home is a peek on what started his love of food in his mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens.  I was especially impressed with the post-it flags highlighting dishes that my family would love. The first one caught my eye and stayed with me as I browsed the rest of the book. Mom’s Mayonnaise Drop Biscuits sounded odd at first but it really makes so much sense. I add mayonnaise to dishes to add flavor and fat and moisture so why not biscuits.

Cookbook from David Venable #kidsinthekitchen

We are making these this weekend!  I want to thank David for remembering our conversation about #kidsinthekitchen and sharing tips for getting the kids to help out more with meal prep and cooking.

Next week we’ll share our experience with your recipes.

Did you have fun in the “kitchen” this week? Did you try a new food or a new kid friendly restaurant? Did you craft something fun with popsicle sticks? We invite you to share your experiences, photos, stories or recipes that include your #kidsinthekitchen.

Come join me and my co-hosts, Paula at Frosted Fingers and Sara at Sensibly Sara, each week linking up a post, new or old, that feature the theme Kids in the Kitchen. It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way.

Don’t have a blog? Share an instagram photo or Facebook update.

Linky Rules, #kidsinthekitchen

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An After Thanksgiving Feast with a Cat Cora Recipe

macy's culinary council cookbook“That was one of the best meals you’ve ever made!” Those were the exact words my father said to me after trying out a recipe from The Macy’s Culinary Council Thanksgiving and Christmas Cookbook.

The Culinary Council is a nationally recognized team of leading masters in the kitchen. The team is comprised of chefs like Marcus Samuelsson, Tim Scott, Ming Tsai, Marc Forgione and many more well highly esteemed names. The chefs were brought together in 2003 to inspire Macy’s customers to cook for their own families. The chefs are brought into Macy’s locations to lead cooking demonstrations, share stories and teach new culinary techniques, giving customers a step in the right direction to cook like a master chef in their own kitchens.

To celebrate the 85th Anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade the 13 member council put together The Thanksgiving and Holiday Cookbook as a collection of their favorite recipes. Filled with family traditions, sentimental stories and amazing photography this cookbook contains 80 recipes that will become centerpieces to any table for any holiday.

I planned a huge Sunday dinner and planned on Cat Cora’s Slow Roasted with Pork. The recipe contains ingredients that I wasn’t too sure would come together; mustard, bourbon, sage and brown sugar, but the end result was a crispy outside and juicy, flavorful inside. I went big and cooked a 5lb boneless roast (recipe called for bone-in but my local grocer didn’t have one) and had plenty of leftovers for another dinner and some lunches. I’ve cooked pork roasts in the past and while they’ve all been good this was by far the stunner. My father left that night with the cookbook, I haven’t seen it since. Cat Cora’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes were the perfect match a roasted chicken dinner a few nights later .

my sauce, had to tweak the recipe but it still was so good

Another recipe I want to try (whenever I get my cookbook back) is Emeril Lagasse’s Breakfast Casserole. I love breakfast casseroles and make a couple varieties on my own but never have I tried to incorporate Broccoli.

Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/4 teaspoons salt, plus more to season
6 cups broccoli florets (from about 2 pounds broccoli heads)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1⁄2 cups finely chopped onions( I’ll use sweet Spanish onions)
1 1/4 cups (about 8 ounces) finely chopped ham (leftover xmas ham of course)
3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (we prefer extra sharp)
8 cups cubed crusty bread such as French or Italian (1-inch cubes)
8 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups half-and-half (too rich for me, I’ll cut it with some fat-free milk)
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives or scallions
1 1/4 teaspoons sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (fresh of course)

Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Fill a large pot three-fourths full of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath. Season the water with salt, add the broccoli florets, and blanch until bright green and barely tender, about 1 minute. Using a skimmer, transfer the broccoli to the ice bath to halt the cooking. When the broccoli is fully chilled, drain well, pat dry with paper towels, and set aside.

In a small saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and a couple of pinches of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, cooled onions, ham, Cheddar cheese, and bread cubes. Toss gently to combine, and then transfer to the prepared baking dish, spreading the mixture in an even layer.
Using the same bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, chives, 11/4 teaspoons salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper until thoroughly mixed. Pour over the broccoli mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. About30 minutes before baking, remove the casserole from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Remove the plastic wrap from the baking dish and cover the dish with aluminum foil. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese evenly over the top. Return the casserole, uncovered, to the oven and continue baking until the top is golden brown and puffed and the casserole is cooked through when tested with a knife, about 15 minutes longer.

Transfer the casserole to a rack and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Cut into squares to serve.

This will be perfect for New Years Day! Our New Year’s Eve is usually low key, spent at home with the kids so there is nothing stopping me from whipping up a grand breakfast to kick off a new year.

The Macy’s Culinary Council Thanksgiving and Christmas Cookbook is available at select Macy’s stores and The cookbook is overflowing with delicious recipes and tremendous inspiration to feed your own family and friends this holiday season. The council is made up of these 13 chefs; Rick Bayless, Michelle Bernstein, Cat Cora, Tom Douglas, Todd English, Marc Forgione, Emeril Lagasse, Marcus Samuelsson, Tim Scott, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai, Wolfgang Puck and Takashi Yagihashi.

I was provided with a cookbook and gift card to fund the cost of the preparation, ingredients and tools needed to cook these recipes courtesy of Everywhere Society.

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Kohl’s Cares for Kids Disney Winnie the Pooh Giveaway-CLOSED

Kohl’s Cares for Kids is back with a new collection every kid will love; Winnie the Pooh books and plush.

Kohl’s sells kid friendly merchandise to help kids in your communities, with 100 percent of the net profit going to kids’ health and education initiatives. Since 2000, more than $150 million has been raised nationwide.
Kohl’s Cares® earmarks net profits for initiatives such as injury prevention, immunizations and education programs for diabetes, asthma and childhood obesity, among others. The program was created as a commitment to the communities we serve. Every day, Kohl’s directs time, effort and funding toward children’s health and education. In fact, 100% of the net profits from the sale of Kohl’s Cares for Kids® merchandise will be donated to support children’s health and education initiatives nationwide.

We’ve purchased many different collections over the years for our children to enjoy. Currently the Sandra Boyton plush and books adorn Shae’s room and Shaun has the Dr. Seuss books on his bookshelves. For just $5 each you can really stock up on great additions to your child’s reading collection or use them as gifts for other children in your life.

Kohls wants to give a LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! reader a set of 4 books and 1 plush from the Winnie the Pooh collection plus the Deceptively Delicious cookbook available right now in stores, only $5 each. Visit Kohl’s Care and tell me something specific about the initiatives they are working on.
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